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App Ed Review Roundup: 4 Great Movie Making Apps!

by Kelly Walsh on February 3, 2016



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Get Your Students Creating and Demonstrating Their Learning With These Awesome Movie Making Apps

Are you tired of grading essay after essay and test after test? Do you feel that some of your students can demonstrate their understanding in creative ways? Differentiate your assessments with movie maker apps and let your students’ imaginations run wild!

There are so many reasons for students to create movies that they allow teachers to modify assignment. For example, when students are writing a research paper, they can create a short video with one of these apps to help them present it. Or, maybe students could make a video to replace the traditional paper. If you’re students are up to a multi-genre paper, they could create a movie that includes video, text, images, and other elements to create a dynamic learning artifact.

Remember, each of the reviews posted on App Ed Review contains an original app description, a comprehensive app evaluation, and 30-5 instructional ideas that explain how the app can be used. All the apps discussed are linked to our review database. Enjoy our movie maker app picks!

  1. VidLab – Video Editor & Movie Maker is a premiere video-editing app. First, students record their video within the app, they can then modify their video length and add other edits. This app includes high-tech features like different tracks to add music, narration, text, sound effects, images, or video masking. This eye-opening video editing app scored a perfect 10 in Engagement with an 8.3 tally overall on our comprehensive rubric. Its easy-to-use platform makes it suitable for most students in grades 3-12. Check out instructional ideas and more here.
  2. ArcSoft ShowBiz includes unique video editing options. Students can record and edit video, including images, music, and more. The interesting aspect about ArcSoft ShowBiz is that students can additionally include drawings and different special effects into their productions. That way, students are able to insert their own, unique artwork and touches to videos made with this app. This app scored an impressive 9.3 in Engagement. Check out the full review here.
  3. Splice – Video Editor & Movie Maker – Trim and Cut Clips & Photos allows users to effortlessly import videos and images into an intuitive editing work area. From the work area, students can edit the length of clips, sequence clips, and add transitions. When finished, students can share their creations via text message, social media, or email. With its 9 in the category of Design, Splice scored an 8.3 overall. Check out instructional ideas for this easy to use mobile app here.
  4. Animoto Video Maker is a well-designed video editing app. Students add photos from their camera rolls, music, and text. Animoto converts the media into slides. Students can change slide themes, reorder and make adjustments. Then, Animoto compiles all the slide pieces into a final video file. Animoto scored a 9.3 in Design, a 9 in Engagement, and an 8.9 overall. Check out the full review here.

That’s all for this month’s Roundup! If you would like more information about any of the apps mentioned here or that are on the App Ed Review website, please contact us at And remember, these apps may lead you to discover that the next Steven Speilberg is in your classroom!


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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